Step IN To Balance

Step IN To Balance

With International Women’s Day tomorrow, the topic of Balance is more relevant than ever. As we struggle to “Put the oxygen mask on ourselves first”, this concept is something we need to catch and keep and not catch and release.

Designing your life so you can meet the demands of your career, while also having time to spend with your loved ones, making time to pursue activities which are meaningful to you, and that bring joy into your life, can be very difficult.

For some, achieving work-life balance means multi-tasking, constant connectivity and availability, dividing their time and attention, and being constantly on the go, so that they can have everything that they want.

Work-life balance is, however, about more than setting priorities, creating schedules, and running around in a constant state of frazzled energy and exhaustion trying to do everything that needs to be done in an attempt to “have it all.”

Understanding What Balance Means and Why Achieving it is so Important

Balance is about making deliberate choices to create a life that you can enjoy and actually want to live! Optimally, achieving balance means practicing good self-care that reduces stress levels and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

As we practice greater self-care, and achieve more balance between all of the demands on our time and energy, we start to make better choices. We begin to choose those things that will help us to be able to fulfil our needs, develop our skills and talents, find our purpose, follow our passions, experience growth and receive recognition.

Balance reduces stress and its deadly effects. We feel happier, and are healthier both physically and mentally, we have more energy, and we naturally become more productive and effective!

The following tips will help you to step into balance and experience greater happiness and success in all areas of your life!

1 . Practice Good Self-Care.

Achieving work-life balance begins with practicing good self-care and establishing habits that promote health and well-being.

  • Exercise. Getting regular exercise on a consistent basis improves our muscle tone and physical condition, improves circulation and blood pressure, and releases endorphins and other hormones and neurotransmitters into our bodies. These physiological effects improve our mood and reduce the effects of stress on our bodies.
  • Staying in shape also boosts our energy and immune system functioning, and helps us to be able to perform at a high level. To be effective, exercise doesn’t have to be particularly strenuous. Yoga, walking and swimming are all low impact forms of exercise that can help you to lose weight and keep the excess pounds off.
  • Diet. In addition to exercise, eating a balanced diet, with plenty of nutrient rich fresh fruits and vegetables also supports health by reducing our risk of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. A nutritious diet also helps to build our energy levels so that we can get more done throughout each day.
  • Sleep. When most of us think of healthy habits, we tend to skip over the importance of getting enough sleep. Lack of restful sleep has been linked to an increase in the risk of depression and heart disease.

Over time, lack of sleep weakens our immune system and lowers our resistance to the effects of stress. While individual needs vary, most of us perform our best when we get around 8 hours of quality sleep each night.

2. Give Yourself a Break.

When we have competing demands in our life, and lots of deadlines, it’s tempting to just keep our nose to the proverbial grindstone and not even bother to look up until we are done. Taking breaks throughout the day helps keep energy levels high and increases concentration and focus, which improves productivity.

  • Turn long, tedious projects into smaller tasks. Break up long and difficult tasks into smaller chunks of time, and take frequent breaks every hour or so as you make progress towards your goal. Taking a short stroll, meditating, and even something as simple as standing up and stepping away from your desk, can help your mind to change gears and regain focus and increase concentration as you work on tedious and time-consuming tasks.
  • Take time off. If you are working on an extended project, don’t fool yourself into thinking you will get more done if you skip, or work through, your vacation! Taking time off is absolutely vital to your ability to keep your energy recharged. Skipping breaks and vacation not only decreases productivity, it increases stress levels and the risk of burnout and job abandonment.

3. Make Time Each Day for the Things that Make You Smile.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the demands of life, and taking care of everyone else’s needs, that we forget to take time out for ourselves and inject a bit of joy, and humour, into our daily lives. Don’t get so busy that you forget to take time each day for the things that make you smile!

Wake up early so that you don’t feel so rushed on your way to work and so that you have time to really plan out how you will spend your day rather than just jumping into it. Schedule your day so that it includes some “me” time that you will spend solely on doing something you enjoy.

  • Simple and fun. Your “me” time could be something simple, like taking a break to read a few chapters in a novel, or something that helps bring clarity and purpose to your life, such as journaling or daydreaming. Other examples of “me” time include leaving work early to go see a long awaited movie, or attending a concert put on by a favourite band.
  • Interesting and new. You can also spend your “me” time attending a class to learn a new skill, such as a language, or developing a hobby, such as painting.
  • Personal and meaningful. When searching for ways to spend your “me” time, choose activities that enrich your life and boost your happiness. Whatever it is that brings you joy, that is relevant and meaningful to you, schedule time for it!

What’s your favourite way to relax and unwind after a particularly long, and gruelling, work day? I would love to hear about the steps that you take to defeat stress in your daily life!

And don’t forget to look at our online courses for assistance in becoming your fully self-confident self.

Always remember,

Your Future is in great hands … Your Own.

Glenise Anderson

<p>Glenise is the Director of SR Group and Self Confident Women. Her passion lies in increasing confidence and emotional intelligence levels of individuals and teams, creating higher productivity and happiness. She is a speaker, qualified Trainer, Advanced Consultant in Extended DISC, Coach & Mentor.</p>

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